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Old 05-08-07, 10:12 AM
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Well haven't posted in this thread in a bit mostly because my commute has been going smoothly. No issues, nice cagers, lots of gnats swallowed. I did startle a heron in a pond this morning. I love to see those things fly.
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Old 05-08-07, 10:29 AM
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Had to take my '83 Toyota beater truck in for inspection today. I KNOW that I could ride faster than that thing drives!

(Got to ride home early though. Nice to get one way in.)

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Old 05-08-07, 10:30 AM
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I have a couple of potential converts in my office. I was trying to scope out a newbie-friendly route for them this morning. I thought that a split "park and ride" commute might be a good way to ease them into it, so I also had to try to find safe, free, and convenient parking. I'm beginning to think that those are a "pick any two" choice.
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Old 05-08-07, 11:32 AM
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Had a great commute. Blue skies, new rims and 26 x 1.5 city tires and a freshly overhaulled drivetrain, shifters & brakes.

1st post.

Been doing a short and easy commute (4m RT) 5 days/week for the last five years, rain or shine.
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Old 05-08-07, 12:56 PM
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Rode in to work today after a few days off thanks to a rebellious iliotibial band. The knee was pretty good about 4/5ths of the ride and then about a block away from work it started hurting a bit so I got off and walked it off. Parked my bike, stretched, and it seems good enough to walk up and down the stairs on now. *crosses fingers* Hopefully that means it's getting better.

The ride itself was peaceful and uneventful. It was about 90 degrees out and I wasn't sure if I was going to make it up the hill, but it seemed easier than I remembered.
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Old 05-08-07, 02:55 PM
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Ride in was great, slept in an extra 45 mins so I took the direct road route. 11 minutes, new record for me - took the roadie, still riding nice - need more PSI in those tubes, but going well.

Rode to MEC and got a PB superflash for it today, too, tonight I'm not sure if I have a long or just short, as I've got to go home before going anywhere else.
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First ever commute (well since graduate school a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away). New bike (Electra Townie 8) - felt just like the ride I remember from childhood. Lots of control, upright stance, flatfoot capable, very easy gear shifting)

A short commute ~3-4 miles, with some trepidation in traffic. I need to try to scope out more back roads.

Looking forward to the ride home.
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Old 05-08-07, 03:22 PM
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Saw absolutely no other bikes today. I'm a loner...
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Old 05-08-07, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by m00n
Had to take my '83 Toyota beater truck in for inspection today. I KNOW that I could ride faster than that thing drives!
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Old 05-08-07, 06:02 PM
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Gorgeous day today both ways. Brutal headwind coming home; I was going to ride 5 miles the wrong way from work, turn around and come home, but I realized the tailwind I was loving would cost me so I only went 3 before turning around to be able to make it home in time. Sigh...

This morning, warm and sunny (well, give or take, 55F I think) then, topping rise at end of trip, found the rise was containing pea-soup fog, keeping it away from everything to the W and S. Kinda cool effect, but since I had to cross some busy lanes I stopped to turn on my taillight, and almost wished I still had my headlight on the bike.
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Old 05-08-07, 06:50 PM
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Tried a new route this morning on the way, much nicer, less traffic. Although, I have seen quite a few people out walking I haven't seen many other commuters. I feel a lot like m00n.

Ride home was even better, although the winds had picked up a bit. Tried a new route this way as well, added a mile to my trip. Felt great, but hot. It is getting very, very warm here.

Any thoughts on riding in 90+ temps this summer (temps will actually get as high as 100+)?
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Old 05-08-07, 07:32 PM
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Set record of 16.7mph on the route including hills. Arrived rested. Blustery return ride. Looked like some neighborhoods didn't have power. Traffice lights were out and a strong headwind.
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Old 05-08-07, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by bikeutah

Any thoughts on riding in 90+ temps this summer (temps will actually get as high as 100+)?
As my Senior DI told us... "Hydrate or DIE!!!" I wouldnt waste much $ on Any of the Aide's, but make sure you replace those lost electrolites.....

I saw a bunch of people on bikes on the way to school today... Almost gave an older guy a heart attack as I yelled "passing on you left!" as I did... He turned around and almost freaked.... poor guy.... Needed to raise his seat up.... I dont know if the people I saw were commuting, or just didnt have motowheels....

Good ride, nice and warm... The humidity here will KILL you!

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Old 05-08-07, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by devildogmech
The humidity here will KILL you!
Humidity? What's that? I live in a desert.
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All my commutes have been good since I bought my bent. Today was an interesting commute, I saw a crow pick up and fly away with a baby duck, and I saw a topless girl laying on the grass next to the bike path. Oh and I flushed two ring neck pheasants on the way in this morning. Oh yeah and had to ride home with one hand because someone shut my hand in a car door today!
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exquisite weather today! rode into Cambridge for a meeting then actually had a meeting with a student on the bike path and rode about 5 miles together discussing a project he'd completed. Then met up with my wife, who was just leaving work for her ride home. We rode home together. Then I grocery shopped (3 bags worth). An all bike all day day. Even though I've been riding all winter it's funny to start to feel the sun burning me. I wore shorts!
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Originally Posted by Domromer
All my commutes have been good since I bought my bent. Today was an interesting commute, I saw a crow pick up and fly away with a baby duck, and I saw a topless girl laying on the grass next to the bike path. Oh and I flushed two ring neck pheasants on the way in this morning. Oh yeah and had to ride home with one hand because someone shut my hand in a car door today!
Umm, what now??!! Back up a minute to right about here:

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All my commutes have been good since I bought my bent. Today was an interesting commute, I saw a crow pick up and fly away with a baby duck, and I saw a topless girl laying on the grass next to the bike path...


My commute was awesome, but not nearly as visually......gratifying . Raced a thunderstorm home and only ended up wet from my own sweat. Kicked up a couple birds and bunnies along the way as usual.
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Nice ride again today. We're having a nice weather streak. Mid 50s and sunny. I'm running (hashing) after work so I didn't push at all. Was still rolling along at 15MPH, and wound up passing a dude in a sweatshirt and jeans.

On the road, there was a traffic tie-up at an intersection near work. Traffic on both sides of the intersection was backed up and they were working in the middle of the road I was on. So... I rode down a grassy embankment to a parking lot, through the parking lot and out to the cross street I needed to be on, then went up and through the blocked intersection. Yay me.
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Very nice ride this morning despite the haze of pollution in the air. We got a bit of a smog warning today due to pollution blowing our way from the United States. Warm this morning about 16 degrees celsius otherwise known as 60 degrees fahrenheit. Not much wind, made good time. Hit the Great Canadian Baegal for some breakfast and on to work. Passed a couple commuters but never pass many the time of morning I ride.
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Humid, sticky and foggy. I was drenched in my sweat as I pulled into the parking lot here. I just stood there for a minute to let the sweat drip off. Other than the humidity it wasn't a bad ride, I am hoping to get home in between the afternoon showers.
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Old 05-09-07, 07:25 AM
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Ya know, after growing up on the western edge of the Mohave, I need to stop complaining... Water of ANY kind is welcome!
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Yesterday on the way home a sidewalk surfing, red light crashing, scofflaw made it to the edge of my community at the same time as me.

This morning, a sidewalk surfing, red light crashing, scofflaw made it to my work's neighbourhood the same time as me.

I've never seen them before, they must have dusted off their full suspension mountain bikes when the temp reached 20.
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Great commute even though my right knee hurts and I strained my lower back yesterday installing sod in the backyard. The highlights were the good temperature and the sight of an osprey hunting near the 14th Street Bridge. He was hovering at eye level and dropped in to catch a fish just as I passed-awesome! It's times like that that I remember why I love cycle commuting so much.
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Worthless nights sleep = one tired DJ while commuting. My 3 year old is not feeling well and was sleeping in bed with us. Around 12 am I relocated to the couch with my cat. Nothing quite like waking up with a 17 lb cat on your chest. Now I have to pick him up after work. I think tomorrow's recovery ride will be a real slow one. That may be a problem since I will be taking the tarmac.
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Old 05-09-07, 08:28 AM
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I was almost swayed from riding today, but decided to just take it easy in the morning, knowing by 11am I'd look out of the window and think "****, I should've ridden in!".

Nice easy going ride in, passed a few bikers and wished them well. One guy wiped out in front of me going around a corner on the bridge down to the MUP - his front wheel hit the steel drain/bar thing and must've slipped and he just came off. I asked him if he was OK, made double sure, and he said "go ahead". Low speed thing, but I figure he appreciated me asking. I think he felt pretty embarassed more than anything.

It seems it's a lot harder to take it easy on the roadie than I thought, soon enough my speed was creeping back up to 19/20mph.
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